With the opening of the 2016 Legislative Session today, Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) spoke about his policy priorities for this year. An outspoken proponent of exposing Albany’s swamp of corruption, McLaughlin said ethics reform tops the list of what he’s fighting for as lawmakers begin to fill the Capitol.
“Obviously, last year was a disgrace in terms of ethics violations and corruption in the Legislature,” McLaughlin said. “I continue to be appalled by the lack of willingness by Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders to pass meaningful ethics reform legislation. We should immediately consider term limits for legislative leaders and committee chairs to prevent the accumulation of power and dirty money that occurred with Silver and Skelos. Lawmakers should no longer be allowed to languish and collect campaign contributions in their leadership roles for decades on end. This only exacerbates their apathy for the people and willingness to toe the party line, regardless of right and wrong. Leadership term limits are just one of the many reforms needed to help drain the swamp of Albany corruption.”
“I am inspired by Preet Bharara’s actions to clean up Albany, but we must do our part as legislators. I will continue to expose corruption, regardless of party affiliation, and encourage my colleagues to do the same.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website